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Idaho’s Jobless Rate Stagnant, Workforce Shrinks

Idaho’s January jobless rate didn’t change from December. It remained at 6.3 percent according to the Idaho Department of Labor. December and January’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.3 is a four-year low, but Idaho’s workforce isn’t adding jobs as expected. The Department says Idaho’s labor force actually declined in January.

For Young People, College Degrees Cut Unemployment

StateImpact has reported on Idaho’s high rate of youth unemployment. We’ve also pointed out that unemployment rates vary according to workers’ educational backgrounds. So a post from Catherine Rampell at The New York Times‘ Economix blog that compares the unemployment rates of high-school-educated twenty-somethings to their college-educated peers caught our eye. Rampell writes: [T]he unemployment […]

Emmett, Idaho Sawmill Closes Its Doors — Again

An Emmett, Idaho sawmill funded by $4 million in federal stimulus money and additional capital from private backers stopped operations last week, closing its doors for the second time since 2010. The mill’s primary owner, Montana entrepreneur Dick Vinson, blamed the recession and inadequate equipment for the first closure. When the Emerald Forest Products mill […]

Job Cuts Continue At The Idaho National Lab

Job-cutting at the Idaho National Laboratory continues. The Post Register reports more than 100 INL employees voluntarily left their jobs last week as the lab’s contractor deals with “budget constraints”. The contractor [Battelle Energy Alliance] in charge of INL announced in December it would lay off at least 300 employees, citing budget concerns, increased daily […]

Allstate Insurance Call Center Workers Start At $11 Per Hour In Idaho

Allstate Insurance announced plans last week to expand its call center in Pocatello, saying 225 jobs will be added. The insurance company already operates a call center in the area with 226 employees. The new employees will work in Allstate’s roadside services division, taking emergency calls from customers around the nation.

How Today’s Wal-Mart Announcement Could Affect Idaho Veterans

Idaho Veterans have new job opportunities with the retail giant Wal-Mart. Today, the company announced plans to hire any veteran in need of a job. Nearly 7,000 Idahoans work for Wal-Mart, making the low-price superstore Idaho’s second largest private employer, right behind St. Luke’s. There are 22 Wal-Mart stores in Idaho. Here’s what The New York […]

Idaho National Lab Cuts More Jobs, Could Eliminate 450

The Post Register reports Battelle Energy Alliance plans to cut at least 300 jobs at the Idaho National Laboratory. Battelle, the contract company in charge of INL, could cut up to 450 jobs. Budget constraints, increased daily costs and a need to remain competitive have prompted Battelle, the contractor in charge of INL, to reduce […]

Micron Announces Layoffs In Lighting Technology Department

The Idaho Statesman reports Micron is laying off 30 people who work in developing energy-efficient lighting.  The Statesman reports Micron started the division “in 2009 with $5 million in federal stimulus money”. “Thirty of the program’s 170 employees will be laid off, Micron spokesman Dan Francisco said Wednesday. Another 30 will remain with the program, […]

How Lawmakers’ Day Jobs Affect Policy Decisions In Idaho

Almost half of the legislators in Idaho work in agriculture or business when they’re not making policy in Boise. Over the last month, StateImpact Idaho has collected basic demographic information on the 2013 Idaho Legislature.  Some of the information we gathered came directly from lawmakers. Some of it was gathered from Project Vote Smart, the […]

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